Hello all! Welcome to my 2022 Internship Reflection. My name is Lucy and I have been interning for The Art of Ecology for about 4 months now, and I will be continuing my internship until my culminating event, hosted by me using all the skills that I have learned during this internship! This event takes …

Birds and their population numbers are important for indicating overall health of ecosystems, making them bioindicator species. Have you participated in a bird count in your backyard, as part of a community science project, or as part of an event at an educational center? The Great Backyard Bird Count is an important way for scientists …

February 11th marks this celebratory day of Women & Girls in Science! Despite being naturally science-minded (typically getting better marks in biology & medical related studies than men), women still don’t venture as much into the science fields. Women comprise only 28% of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries! Today we celebrate women & …

Do you love all things birds, nature, and want to contribute to scientific studies easily? Join in on the 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, hosted by Cornell Ornithology. This global event includes roughly 100 million bird sightings each year and wildlife biologists, climate change scientists, and others use that data to create scientific models, …

Are you missing gardening and getting your hands in the lovely soil? Fortunately, just in time to stave off the winter blues, is Seed Swap Day! Get your soil, little pots, and seeds ready to trade with a friend (or a stranger!) on the last Saturday in January each year. Why Participate in a Seed …

New for 2022! Mini-Grants for Conservation

A portion of the proceeds from my art sales benefits conservation efforts. In 2022, instead of donating a small % to habitat preservation or wildlife conservation non-profits, I will switch to something that can have a greater impact! Why the Change? I feel strange about donating $2 here, $.50 there, $5 somewhere else based on …

Leave The Weeds – Love the Pollinators!

Did you know that this week is Pollinator Week? This is a week (although it’s a Pollinator Month as well!) where Pollinator Protections are passed, local municipalities put out Pollinator Proclamations, and Pollinator-Themed activities and events happen. This is a fantastic time to learn more about local pollinators and about their importance, BUT…. pollinators need …

Explore the World of Birds this Winter

For myself, I find that as the summer turns into fall and the fall gives way to winter, my photography switches from primarily pollinators and lush green plants to the textures of dying flower seed heads and birds! Birds hang around my garden, flit through the tree farm in my backyard, and of course the …

Colors of Autumn – Celebrating Fall Foliage Week

Last Sunday marked the start of a colorful time of year – the start of Fall Foliage Week! While Summer is definitely my favorite season climate-wise (put me in warm, dry heat ANY day and I’ll be a happy girl!!!), Autumn holds a special place in my heart since I love all things colorful! What …

Happy Water Quality Month!

It’s August and that means that it’s National Water Quality Month! While we all know that clean drinking water is important and that clean bodies of water will help provide clean water for drinking – many are unaware how the plants along stream banks, in areas called riparian zones, or aquatic and wetland plants impact …